MOSCOW/LONDON - Russia shrugged off Dutch legal action over its detention and prosecution of Greenpeace activists for piracy on Saturday as protesters took to the streets internationally to call for the 30 detainees to be freed. The Netherlands launched legal proceedings against Russia on Friday, saying it had unlawfully detained activists and others on the Dutch-registered ship last month as it protested against drilling in the Arctic. Two Dutch citizens were among 30 people on board the Arctic Sunrise, which was seized by Russian authorities near the Prirazlomnaya offshore oil platform. Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov told state-run news agency
A Royal Marines officer who spent a year training and fighting alongside Afghan tribesmen has been honoured for inspiring a local resistance to the Taliban--drawing comparisons with Lawrence of Arabia. Captain Owen Davis, 25, who immersed himself in the culture and lifestyle of villagers in southern Afghanistan, has won the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC), Britain’s second-highest battlefield honour. Since the UK-led campaign in Helmand Province began seven years ago, hundreds of British officers have attempted to mentor Afghan personnel, with varying success.[Snip] Captain Davis has been credited with turning the hope for a functioning ALP force into a reality in
The family of an al-Qaeda terrorist who was captured by American Delta Force commandos has described the moment that he was snatched off the streets of Tripoli, Libya. Abu Anas al-Libi was seized by a convoy of men armed with handguns outside his home. They smashed the window of his car and pulled him into a black Mercedes, which sped away, Abdullah al-Raghie told Agance France-Presse. He was quickly flown out of Libya and is likely to be extradited to New York to stand trial for helping to plan the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Nairobi, Kenya.
A crowd of about 150 people vented their frustrations with Congress and the ongoing government shutdown in a town hall-styled meeting held by U.S. Rep. Mark on Sanford Saturday night. [Snip] Early on in the meeting, Sanford encouraged attendees to remain tolerant of one another’s opinions, saying the group should take care to “kick around ideas, not each other.” He welcomed the participation of a number of audience members who raised poster board and torn pieces of cardboard etched with statements like “Liberation in Our Lifetime” and “The ACA Will Help USA!!” The meeting took place hours after
The Amber alert system, the national missing-child warning program, has been shut off due to the government shutdown, according to the Department of Justice. “Due to the lapse in federal funding, this Office of Justice Programs website is unavailable,” it says on amberalert.gov. Just 17 percent of the government is shut down, and Friday the Obama administration allowed union representatives to return to work. So, union members could return to work, but the website to alert Americans to missing children had to be taken down?
PITTSBURGH — For years, activists have warned that fracking can have disastrous consequences — ruined water and air, sickened people and animals, a ceaseless parade of truck traffic. Now some critics are doing what was once unthinkable: working with the industry. Some are even signing lucrative gas leases and speaking about the environmental benefits of gas. In one northeastern Pennsylvania village that became a global flashpoint in the debate over fracking, the switch has raised more than a few eyebrows. A few weeks ago, Victoria Switzer and other activists from Dimock endorsed a candidate for governor who supports natural gas
Legislative activity has slowed to a crawl on Capitol Hill as both sides have become entrenched on the spending bills and now the looming debt fight, with House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, saying Sunday that he will insist on conditions being attached to any bill to raise the federal borrowing limit. That insistence on conditions — chiefly over a halt to Obamacare — helped land the government in the current shutdown, which is nearly a week old and shows no sign of letting up. Neither side is even acknowledging talking with the other. Instead, the House has kept
The capture of an alleged al-Qaeda operative outside his home by Special Operations forces in Tripoli on Saturday and his secret removal from Libya was a rare instance of U.S. military involvement in “rendition,” the practice of grabbing terrorism suspects to face trial without an extradition proceeding and long the province of the CIA or the FBI. U.S. officials hailed the capture of Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, who was wanted in connection with the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, as an intelligence coup that will disrupt efforts by al-Qaeda to strengthen its franchise in North Africa.
If the nation is lucky, this October will mark the beginning of the end of the tea party. The movement is suffering from extreme miscalculation and a foolish misreading of its opponents’ intentions. This, in turn, has created a moment of enlightenment, an opening to see things that were once missed. Many Republicans, of course, saw the disaster coming in advance of the shutdown. But they were terrified to take on a movement that is fortified by money, energy and the backing of a bloviating brigade of talk-show hosts. The assumption was that the tea party had become invincible inside
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Nearly three years after a band of renegade congressmen brought the tea party insurgency to Washington, there are early rumblings of a political backlash in some of their districts. Here in the Dutch Reformed country of West Michigan, long a bastion of mainstream, mannerly conservatism, voters in 2010 handed the House seat once held by Gerald R. Ford to Justin Amash, a 33-year-old revolutionary and heir to the libertarian mantle of former congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex.). Amash was part of an attempted coup against House Speaker John A. Boehner (R- Ohio) and is a leader of
So state Sen. Wendy Davis, Democrat of Fort Worth, has made it official. She is running for governor of Texas. Let’s set the politics of the race aside for a moment. Wendy Davis would not be in the conversation at all if not for one action that she took. The Texas Senate was deliberating a modest bill that did two things. The first of those was that it restricted abortions after five months of pregnancy. At five months, this is what’s happening. The baby’s organs have developed. She has a face and fingers and toes. She may look like this.
You want to know why most members of the press are liberal? Well, as CNN´s Reliable Sources showed Sunday during an interview with a group of journalism students at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, these folks apart from Facebook and Twitter get their "news" from liberal sources such as the Associated Press, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and believe it or not Jon Stewart (video follows with transcript and commentary): FRANK SESNO, HOST: As director of the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, I´m very
DUBLIN, Ohio — As if on cue, the curtain of rain parted Sunday to reveal Tiger Woods on center stage. With a 1-up lead over his International team opponent, Woods stood on the 18th green at Muirfield Village with the decisive point in the Presidents Cup on his putter. He hit a long birdie putt to within concession range to clinch the 18th point, and the Cup, for the United States. Woods is the world No. 1, with five PGA Tour victories this year. The International team had the world No. 2, Adam Scott, whose two tour victories included the
MOGADISHU, Somalia — In a stealthy seaside assault in Somalia and in a raid in Libya’s capital, U.S. special forces on Saturday struck out against Islamic extremists who have carried out terrorist attacks in East Africa, snatching a Libyan al-Qaida leader allegedly involved in the bombings of U.S. embassies 15 years ago but aborting a mission to capture a terrorist suspect linked to last month’s Nairobi shopping mall attack after a fierce firefight. A U.S. Navy SEAL team swam ashore near a town in southern Somalia before militants of the al-Qaida-linked terrorist group al-Shabab rose for dawn prayers, U.S. and
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is blocking the main whistleblower in the Fast and Furious case from publishing a book for pay, claiming his retelling of the Mexico “gun-walking” scandal will hurt morale inside the embattled law enforcement agency, according to documents obtained by The Washington Times. ATF’s dispute with Special Agent John Dodson is setting up a First Amendment showdown that is poised to bring together liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and conservatives in Congress who have championed Mr. Dodson’s protection as a whistleblower. The ACLU is slated to become involved in the case Monday,
CAIRO — Egyptian security forces on Sunday openly beat demonstrators sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood, without any provocation, in a sign of how the once powerful group has become the target of official suppression. The police reaction to the Brotherhood march stood in stark contrast to the scene blocks away, where pro-military crowds, summoned to celebrate Egypt´s war with Israel 40 years ago, hoisted soldiers and police on their shoulders and offered cheers. The difference was apparent to two McClatchy reporters who left the pro-military demonstration to cover the Brotherhood gathering. As they witnessed police beatings, the two reporters were
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel tried to take his campaign against the Iranian leadership to Iran’s young population last week, saying that if they were truly free, they would be able to wear jeans, listen to Western music and participate in free elections. The problem is that Iranians do wear jeans and manage to listen to whatever music they want to listen to, just like people almost anywhere, except maybe in North Korea. That is to say, Mr. Netanyahu’s effort at outreach backfired, as Twitter lit up Sunday with retorts. “Netanyahu, here are my #Jeans and #Western music,” wrote a user
A year and a half after the death of Andrew Breitbart, Shirley Sherrod is taking legal action to have the conservative journalist´s widow substitute as defendant in the Sherrod vs. Breitbart defamation lawsuit. The motion, which Sherrod filed in Washington´s U.S. District Court last month, seeks to make Susannah Breitbart responsible for providing financial recovery for "libel and slander" caused by the Breitbart-publicized videos that led to her resignation in 2010. Mrs. Breitbart objected to the motion on Saturday. Sherrod, a former Agriculture Department employee, was forced to resign after Breitbart publicized videos from a 2010 NAACP speech in which
Security measures at the Sochi winter Olympics will include such extensive electronic eavesdropping and surveillance that the US State Department has advised Americans headed to Russia to leave smart phones and laptops at home, an investigation has revealed.Research by Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, two Russian investigative journalists who specialise in covering the security services, reveals a picture of near-total surveillance, Soldatov said. The Russian authorities have gone to great lengths to lay on the best communications support any Olympic event has seen at the February games, including 4G coverage and free WiFi throughout the city of Sochi. But Soldatov and Borogan´s
The other day, I wrote that long wait times are not the only issue with the Obamacare website, highlighting my skepticism of the administration’s claims that high volume was to blame for all the glitches in the system. t turns out that Reuters news agency spoke with five technology experts who expressed similar skepticism and question the architecture of the Obamacare website. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversaw development of the [Obamacare] site, declined to make any of its IT experts available for interviews. CGI Group Inc, the Canadian contractor that built HealthCare.gov, is “declining to comment
Conspiracy theorists, be on alert. Hollywood icon Tom Hanks may not have been joking when he said he wanted President Obama to run for a third term — over the prohibitions of the Constitution. Mr. Hanks, who’s starring in the soon-to-be-released “Captain Phillips” and was in Washington, D.C., this week for a premiere showing at the Newseum, declared his choice for president for 2016: Mr. Obama, The Hill reported. “I’m voting for Barack Obama, 2016,” he said. “Yes I am. Four more years.” Mr. Hanks reportedly laughed while speaking. But do a Bing search on “Obama seeks third term,” and the more than
With the October 17 deadline to raise the debt limit rapidly approaching, President Obama is not specifically ruling out using the 14th Amendment to increase the nation´s borrowing ability if the political impasse continues and Congress fails to do so, but says he does not expect the fight to get to that point. "I´m pretty willing to bet that there are enough votes in the House of Representatives right now to make sure that the United States doesn´t end up being a deadbeat. The only thing that´s preventing that from happening is Speaker Boehner calling the vote," the president told The
The tide of war against al Qaeda is expanding, as two weekend raids by U.S. commandos illustrate. The raids show the skill and reach of American special forces, but also the enduring nature of this conflict with Islamists and the need to counter its African expansion. Special forces and U.S. intelligence scored a major victory in snatching Abu Anas al-Libi outside his home in Tripoli in Libya. Al-Libi is wanted as one of the plotters behind the 1998 bombing of U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 and injured more than 4,000 innocents. The al Qaeda leader had resettled
“This is not a man who sees America as you see it and how I see America,” vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin cried out to the agitated crowd during a 2008 campaign rally, referring to then-Senator Barack Obama. “We see America as the greatest force for good in this world” and as a “beacon of light and hope for others who seek freedom and democracy.” This was how “real Americans” saw things, according to Palin. As for Obama, he’s “someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own
WASHINGTON: The US government shutdown enters its fifth day, a week after the horrific carnage by a mentally ill African-American man in which he kills a dozen people before he is cut down by police. An emotionally unstable African-American woman crashes a security fence near the White House and leads a hair-trigger alert cops on a high-speed car chase before she is mowed down by cops using overwhelming force. On Friday, another man, also African-American, pours gasoline on himself in front of the Capitol sets fire to himself in a rare attempt at self-immolation in the United States. It is not
A 20-year-old white soldier was stabbed to death on Saturday in what authorities believe could be a hate crime. After a desperate 911 call, officers discovered Tevin A. Geike, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier, in a parking lot in Lakewood, Washington suffering multiple stab wounds just after 2:30 a.m. He died at the scene. The victim´s two friends, also soldiers and also white, told police they were walking south on Pacific Highway when a vehicle approached them and someone inside called out a racial slur. One of the soldiers yelled back something about those in the car